About this Event
Did you know that Frederic Chopin gave his last official piano recital in Edinburgh?Or that Mendelssohn composed his Scottish Symphony during his stay in our Georgian New Town? Did you know that the national anthem of Iceland was composed near Broughton Street?or that Chopin's had an infamous love affair with an Edinburgh lassie!?
Join us on a gentle walking tour of Edinburgh's New Town as we explore Edinburgh's illustrious music history - from classical composers to the Scottish folk band 'The Corries.'
This is a unique and creative walking tour led by our passionate local historian Matthew Shiel and our talented resident 'Pied Piper,' Dr Jake Spence (PhD, University of Edinburgh) who will illustrate and accompany our journey with his enchanting fiddle playing - live!
Matthew Shiel is a concert pianist and music director based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the recipient of a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he graduated with first class honours and several academic and performance prizes including: J.S. Bach Competition Prize for Piano, Harpsichord and Organ, Mary and Raymond Thomson Organ Scholarship, and Agnes Millar Prize for Outstanding Harmony and Counterpoint.
He has performed piano solo and duet recitals at venues such as St Giles' Cathedral (Edinburgh), Sage Gateshead (Newcastle) and Unitarernes Hus (Copenhagen, DK) and has been invited to be a guest speaker to the Wagner Society of Scotland and the University of Middlesex. He has performed several concertos with the Abbotsford String Orchestra, Little Biggar Orchestra and the Àirigh Orchestra. He was also entrusted to give the world première of Dr Alfredo Caponnetto's Baroque Concerto (PhD, University of Edinburgh), which the composer kindly dedicated to him.
He is conductor of the Àirigh Orchestra and the Scottish Meditation Orchestra and teaches piano at the University of Edinburgh.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Canonmills Bridge, 1 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
GBP 14.00 to GBP 16.00